"Facing an election, the president would like everyone to forget that gas prices have doubled over the past three years while he consistently blocked and slowed the production of American-made energy. From his drilling moratorium to his denial of the Keystone [XL] pipeline, the president has time and again sided with his liberal base over American families," said Brendan Buck, a spokesman for Speaker John Boehner (Ohio).
Likewise, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) was equally critical, saying in a statement that "the president's comments today simply reflect the same old empty promises we've come to expect from this White House. ... This White House has shown that it is more focused on appeasing its extreme environmentalist allies than putting forward an energy policy that works for Utahns and Americans everywhere. With gas prices and home heating costs on the rise, the American people deserve action, not more campaign speeches."
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.